2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test


2009 Ford Flex: DOA

November 08, 2010

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I got into the Flex, turned the key and there was a noticeable slow turnover. It gave me pause for thought. Didn't matter, I drove home thinking if the battery was low, I'd be able to charge it with an hour long commute in Friday traffic.

Once I got home, I searched to make sure no lights were switched on in the cargo area I wasn't aware of or some other kind of battery draw was happening. Didn't find a think amiss. Hopefully the long time in traffic was enough to bring the battery to life.

We were headed out to the movies a little later that night, still the same slow turnover, but nowhere near as rough as the first. Maybe the drive home helped? After the movie the same thing. Ok, something is definitely not right, the morning might be interesting.

Saturday morning, I turned the key and nothing. Stone cold battery is stone cold dead. I thought this would happen. We had to run errands so we took her car. When we got back home mid afternoon, I tried again and it almost started. A little sun driven warmth helped, but It was time to hook this sucker up.

We jumped it, ran it at a high idle for some time, then drove to the office to hook up to a charger. Hopefully that'll bring some life to it, but after 71k miles of hard use, it might need a new battery or something wrong with the alternator. We'll let you know happens.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Ford Flex in VA is:

$131 per month*
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